A Purpose To It All

Recently, Jane Goodall, lifetime animal advocate and conservationist, joined the ranks of the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa and many other Templeton Laureates working to make this world a better place for all. In her recent memoir, Goodall wrote, “There are really only two ways, it seems to me, in which we can think about our existence here on Earth. We either agree with Macbeth that life is…a purposeless emergence of life-forms….Or we believe that, as Pierre Teilhard de Chardin put it, ‘There is something afoot in the universe, something that looks like gestation and birth.’ In other words, a plan, a purpose to it all.”

As we go through each day, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle. Some even call it a rat race: essential morning coffee, work, home, sleep, repeat. But all of that is simply part of our human-derived social boundaries. The constant Groundhog Day-approach to life can seem purposeless and mundane. But once we look outside of ourselves, we see that the natural world, full of wonder and discovery, is our bigger home.

We are part of every change: every seasonal transition, every blooming flower, every new baby bird, every gust of wind. We are part of the sun, the moon, the stars, and every bit of Qi-filled light that enters our Universe. We are swirling bundles of energy, caught up in the power and beauty of life’s mysteries. And when we view life from that unique and gorgeous perspective, we truly understand that there is a purpose to it all—a big, beautiful, ever-changing purpose, that we are not only meant to witness, but to embrace.


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